WSO Composer-In-Residence & WNMF Festival Director
Harry Stafylakis (b. 1982, Montreal) is a Canadian–American composer based in New York City. His “dreamy yet rhythmic” (NY Times) concert music strives for dramatic emotional and intellectual expression, integrating idioms drawn from classical and popular styles. With an intimate background in progressive metal and traditional Greek music, Stafylakis has developed a unique conception of musical temporality and rhythm, infusing his compositions with a characteristic vitality and drive.
Stafylakis is currently serving as the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Composer-In-Residence and co-curator of the Winnipeg New Music Festival. His works have been performed by the American Composers Orchestra, Spokane Symphony, Stamford Symphony, Victoria Symphony, McGill Chamber Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, FSU Symphony, ICE, Mivos Quartet, Quatuor Bozzini, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Nouveau Classical Project, ensemble mise-en, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Cygnus Ensemble, Ensemble 212, Alea III, Lorelei Ensemble, Architek Percussion, Norrbotten NEO, and American Modern Ensemble. He has been featured at the NY Philharmonic Biennial, Aspen Music Festival, New Music on the Point, Atlantic Center for the Arts, June In Buffalo, Composers Now, FSU Festival of New Music, Providence Premieres, Aries Composers Festival, SCI, EAMA, York Guitar Festival, Cluster, and the Montreal International Classical Guitar Festival.
His awards include the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the ASCAP Foundation’s Leonard Bernstein Award, four SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers, and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts. Upcoming projects in 2016–17 include premieres and performances by the Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Prince Edward Island symphonies, the Free Sound Ahn-somble in NYC, the Society of Chamber Music in Rochester, and the Edge Ensemble in the Netherlands.
Stafylakis holds a B.Mus. from McGill University, where he studied with Chris Paul Harman, Jean Lesage, and John Rea. He is a doctoral candidate and Graduate Teaching Fellow at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY), where he studied with Jason Eckardt and David Del Tredici, and serves on the music faculty at City College of New York. His doctoral research, supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, examines the conception of rhythm and meter in progressive metal.